The Jakarta Post
Former professional rugby player Ben Lucas recommended yoga for men, saying it would ‘allow you to maximize your next workout’. (Shutterstock/Syda Productions)
When most people think about yoga, it is typically dismissed as a feminine pastime. But according to Ben Lucas, a former professional rugby player for the Cronulla Sharks, more men should work against the stereotype.
“I started doing yoga because I was preparing for an ultra-endurance run and I was really tight, sore and struggling to recover. I found that regular practice of yoga ultimately improved my range of motion and performance in the running area. Yoga is for everyone no matter your age or fitness level, I truly believe that,” said Lucas.
Lucas disregarded yoga at first, believing himself not to be flexible enough for the practice. He also didn’t believe it was worth fitting into his packed day-to-day schedule, especially if he could be doing something else.
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But once he started, he “never looked back”, especially as he has found that it “allows you to maximize your next workout”.
There is more to yoga than meditating and the corpse pose, so for those who want a cardio workout, Lucas recommends trying advanced routine levels of vinyasa.
“Try variations that use certain props like straps or blocks to activate new muscles. Lastly, don’t forget to ask your yoga instructor for some tips and tricks on how to improve your overall practice.” (sul/wng)